- Jan Koum stepped down as WhatsApp CEO earlier this week
- Neeraj Arora has been with WhatsApp for over six years
- He joined WhatsApp from Google in 2011
If promoted to the top job at WhatsApp, Mr Arora will be joining the league of Indian-origin CEOs of global tech majors such as Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.
Neeraj Arora graduated from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (IIT-Delhi) in 2000, and completed MBA from Indian School of Business (ISB) in 2006, according to his LinkedIn profile. In his career so far, he has worked in multiple companies, including Google (from December 2007 to November 2011). During his nearly four-year stint at Google, he was elevated from Corporate Development Manager to Principal, Corporate Development in December 2010, as Mr Arora, currently the "Business Guy" at WhatsApp, describes himself on LinkedIn.
He has also served as a board member for Paytm.
To his post, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg commented: "Jan: I will miss working so closely with you. I'm grateful for everything you've done to help connect the world, and for everything you've taught me, including about encryption and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people's hands."
At his alma mater Indian School of Business, Mr Arora in August last year instituted a perpetual merit-cum-need-based scholarship for deserving women candidates for its Post Graduate Programme in Management (PGP). With that ISB registered a 300 per cent growth in its alumni funding in the past three years.
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